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Top Tips from I CAN for International Literacy Day

Speech, language and literacy are linked – fact. This is because to develop good literacy skills, you need to be able to speak and understand language. If you can’t say it or understand it, you won’t be able to read it or write it. Thursday 8th September is International Literacy Day – a day which celebrates the efforts and progress …

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Supporting children with specific language impairment (SLI): What works?

This week we spoke to Ami Mathur, a speech and language therapist (SLT) and regional Makaton tutor whose service has received I CAN Accreditation at the specialist level for over 10 years. Here she tells us more about collaborating with the education service to provide the best support for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Tell us a …

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Highlights from I CAN’s Q and A with Mencap

On Wednesday 24th August our speech and language therapist Mandy Grist took part in a live Q & A on Mencap’s Facebook page and we received some really interesting questions. Find out what our responses were below. Question 1: Hi, my son is 3 years old and has been under SALT since he was 8 weeks old due to being fed …

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An open letter from Bob Reitemeier, I CAN Chief Executive, to the Chief Nurse at Public Health England

The Department of Health has commissioned Public Health England (PHE) to carry out a review into the future of health visitor family checks beyond March 2017. Options put forward to ministers include renewing the mandatory requirement, amending the number of visits, or scrapping the requirement altogether. I CAN’s Bob Reitemeier has written to PHE urging them to consider the impact …

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New school, new start: helping your child with their transition to the next phase

As we reach the summer holidays for many children and their families this is a time for looking back; lots of families will be saying goodbye to the school or setting they have probably been familiar with for quite some time. But, and this is the exciting bit, they will also be looking forwards to new horizons – the next …

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